A very Happy Fourth of July to all of the IBI readers! What better to celebrate our independence than good food, fireworks, and another edition of Minor Happenings! In today’s abbreviated version of the Happenings on the Indians farm (still over 2300 words), Tony takes a long look at the emerging star that is second baseman Joey Wendle and just how good of a prospect he really is for the Indians. He also provides tons of comments from Ross Atkins on Clint Frazier, Mitch Brown, Kieran Lovegrove, Juan Herrera, and many others.
The losing ways of the Columbus Clippers continued this past week as the team finished below .500 again at 2-6. The month of June will be one to forget for Columbus as the team wound up with a 8-20 record in that span without winning a single series. July has gotten off to a slightly better start for the Clippers who are currently 2-2 in the month. Join the IBI's Ethan Day as he recaps the week that was for the Clippers...
The Indians experienced all sorts of delays on Wednesday night, first due to weather and then another one later in the game due to a power outage. In the midst of all of that the Indians bullpen struggles resurfaced again as Bryan Shaw threw gas on the first in the sixth to turn a 3-1 lead into a 5-3 disadvantage. The IBI's Michael Hattery shares his second thoughts on some questionable bullpen management by Terry Francona.
In what is becoming an uncomfortable theme thus far on the season, the AZL Indians blew another lead in the late innings, but managed to come back and top the AZL Royals by a count of 4-3 Wednesday night at the Indians’ facility in Goodyear. The victory was largely due to the success of Joel and Francisco Mejia, who combined for three of the AZL Indians’ seven hits and three of their four runs on the night.
Kansas City seemed like they tried every way to beat the Indians Wednesday night off the field. No, it wasn't Mother Nature or a power outage that would prove disastrous, but rather Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer that left the Tribe in the dark, as they fell to the Royals 6-5, snapping their five game winning streak.
Sometimes greatness can spoil people. Francisco Lindor could spend almost every night atop Around The Farm, though sometimes we can take his all-around excellence for granted. Lindor is one of the transcendent prospects in the game of baseball and is the kind of talent every team wants in its system. The shortstop was at it again Wednesday night, along with plenty of other players throughout the system. To read all about them, join Jim Piascik as he goes Around The Farm.
In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the big month that outfielder Carlos Moncrief had and just what kind of prospect he is for the Indians. He also checks in on the progress that right-handed pitcher Dylan Baker is making this season, provides several comments from the front office on players in the upper levels like Bryan Price, Jose Ramirez, Jose Flores, Ronny Rodriguez, Enosil Tejeda and others, and offers up updates and insight into the development of Toru Murata, Shawn Morimando, Juan Romero, Anderson Polanco and more!
The Lake County Captains suffered a four-game losing streak this past week, but have rebounded over the last three days winning three straight. The offense still struggles to produce runs, but the batting averages have collectively jumped. The starting rotation stepped things up as only one start was rough this week and the bullpen has done its best to keep the team within games. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps the week that was for the Captains...
Well, we're at the halfway point in the season and nearing the All-Star break and our beloved Indians are not only on a five-game winning streak, they've also overtaken first place in the division at least for the time being. So how has the the bench contributed to the Tribe's success this season? Jake and Hayden discuss that along with the guys who have most and least impressed them in the first half on tonight's edition of Call to the Bullpen.
If you look at Jason Giambi and immediately point out that he’s barely hitting at the Mendoza line, you don’t understand the value he has to this Indians team. While it’s true he doesn’t get nearly as many hits as he used to, the hits he does get are more often than not key and clutch. He proved that once again on Tuesday night driving in the game-winning run with a double. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his "Second Thoughts" on the Tribe's veteran DH and more in their 6-5 win over Kansas City.
It was a quiet night on the farm as rainouts postponed two games, but there still were some good performances around the Indians system. Carlos Moncrief continues to just terrorize baseballs as he sends them screaming when he makes contact. What a breakout year he has had. Several others had good and bad nights, and Arthur recaps it all...
The Indians won their fifth straight game Tuesday with a 6-5 win over the Kansas City. With the win, the Indians improved to seven games over .500 for the first time since May 24. Join the IBI's Jim Berdysz as he recaps all the action and provides play-by-play from the Tribe's divisional win.
Last week Tony posted the first part of the IBI Stock Watch with a look at the players at Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron that are either raising or lowering their prospect value halfway through the 2013 season. Today, he takes a look at some of those showings at the High-A Carolina level, players like Joey Wendle, Francisco Lindor, Tyler Naquin, Jerrud Sabourin, Shawn Morimando, Bryson Myles, Bo Greenwell, and many others.
Launching off with the Aeros returns after a week hiatus, catching you up on two weeks' worth of Akron Aeros action. The past two weeks were not all that pleasant, as the team dropped 10-of-15 games and fell to fifth place in the Western Division. There was some unsightly pitching, though a newly-named All-Star did his best to carry the staff. That, plus powerful performances from a few outfielders, gave a silver lining to the losing. To find out who these players are and to catch up on all things Akron Aeros, join Jim Piascik and go Launching off with the Aeros.
A few days ago, Grantland's Andrew Sharp put out a wonderful article that recapped this year's NBA Draft, which was perhaps one of the most ridiculous drafts in the history of any sport. He chronicled the event using a 1-10 scale, in an "ascending curve of crazy." The IBI's Kevin Dean loved the concept, and in the spirit of the Indians' wild ride of a season thus far, he thought he would apply it to such on this off-day edition of Second Thoughts.
Before the calendar flipped to July, the AZL Indians found ways to get locked into some wild contests. Their erratic play continued Tuesday night, as they again went into extra innings against the AZL Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields and came away with a 7-5 win.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!